Previous posts here have reported on a growing phenomenon involving marijuana operations in the state of North Carolina. Once again, an arrest has been made, this time of a couple who has allegedly been growing a significant amount of marijuana on the property of their apartment complex. The initial reports indicate that the authorities recovered at least 14 marijuana plants inside the home and a room specifically designed for growing the plants, complete with lights, books on the subject and special fertilizer apparently produced in Australia.
The couple is currently being held on a bond of $4,000.00. They are facing serious criminal charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and using a dwelling to house a controlled substance.
The state of North Carolina takes all of these charges very seriously. In fact, there is a tax that the state can levy on any individual who is charged with the illegal possession of drugs. The tax is due within 48 hours of an arrest for the drug offense or a 40% penalty may be assessed. The North Carolina Department of Revenue may actually seize items from a home or garnish wages in order to satisfy such an order, even when the individuals charged with an offense has not yet been found guilty in a court of law.
State and federal drug charges can have a devastating impact on an individual's life. In addition to the potential property and criminal penalties for manufacturing illegal drugs in North Carolina, the damage to a person's reputation can be severe. It is essential when facing these types of charges to act swiftly in mounting a vigorous criminal defense.
Source: wect.com, "Couple arrested after authorities find 14 marijuana plants and grow operation," Feb. 6, 2013